January 19 - 29, 2017
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WELCOME!

I am pleased to welcome you to the second Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival!  Today, puppetry is a living and thriving art; this Festival is a celebration of its many forms. More than a dozen Chicago presenting organizations have joined together to ignite the spirit of this citywide event, which spans 10 days and features artists from abroad, across the nation, and unique work born here in Chicago—fresh from the soil!

The 2017 Festival builds upon the success of the inaugural 2015 event. It will feature public performances across the city, a symposium, and workshops. For those of you whose imaginations are curious and whose hearts are young, I hope you can join us. And for those of you who have yet to see a contemporary puppet show, I can guarantee it will be like nothing you have ever seen before.

Blair Thomas, Festival Founder & Artistic Director 

 

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Recent Press

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RETURN OF THE PUPPETS!

SECOND CHICAGO INTERNATIONAL PUPPET THEATER FESTIVAL IS JANUARY 19-29, 2017

Popular citywide festival to return with new slate of top puppet shows from Chicago, the U.S. and around the world, presented at …

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Blair Thomas, founder of the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival. (Photo by Joe Mazza)

Puppets: Still Very Much a Thing

As today’s cutting-edge puppeteers peer into the souls of animated objects, they’re seeing the future—or rather, the eternal present—of the theatre.

by Scott T. Cummings

According to Moses, the cocky cardboard hero of …

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